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St James's Church, Walter Road, Uplands, Swansea, Glamorgan

Denomination: Anglican

Dedication: St James

Built: 1863-67
Photography: Edward Llewelyn-Jones
Date: 30 Sep 2013
Camera: Nikon D3100 digital

Note 1: St James's church is located on the north side of Walter Road in an oval churchyard defined by St James's Crescent. It was built in 1863-7 in a nineteenth-century version of Decorated style to designs of architect Thomas Nicholson of Hereford. Built as chapel of ease to St Marys (until separate parish formed 1985), it was constructed of brown rock-faced stone with pale freestone dressings, slate roof and angle buttresses; most of the windows have hoodmoulds with head stops. Its plan comprises nave, lean-to aisles, chancel, north and south transepts, south gabled porch, and vestries to north of chancel. Being built on an island site the church was intended to dominate its surroundings but fails to do so as its proposed south-west tower was never built. Inside, the nave is of four bays with round shafts and floral capitals. Roofs to nave and chancel are open-braced. Stained glass includes work by Gerald Smith of A K Nicholson's (1953-54).
[Source: Coflein database of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (accessed 20 December 2015)]

St James's Church, Swansea
Above: The southwestern aspect of St James's Church.

Note 2: St James' on Walter Road was first built in 1867 as a chapel of ease for St Mary's Church and did not become a separate parish until 1985, briefly becoming the home of St Mary's congregation when St Mary's was destroyed during the Second World War. [Source: Explore Gower website (accessed 20 December 2015)]

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